Taught course

Musculoskeletal Sport Science and Health

Loughborough University · School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Musculoskeletal Sport Science and Health MSc programme aims to provide you with further knowledge of the scientific concepts and procedures underpinning sport and exercise related musculoskeletal function, measurement, injury and treatment.

Our Musculoskeletal Sport Science and Health MSc allows you to adopt a multidisciplinary approach to the scientific study of sport and exercise related musculoskeletal health and performance including anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, bioengineering, and kinesiology.

You will also have the opportunity to carry out in-depth and critical research in selected areas of interest.

The Musculoskeletal Sport Science and Health programme is delivered in connection with the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine – East Midlands (NCSEM-EM), which is accredited by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Research Centre for Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health – one of just nine around the world. The NCSEM-EM is an Olympic legacy funded project aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of the nation. The Musculoskeletal Sport Science and Health MSc is a Loughborough based programme but there may be the option to take some modules at the Queens Medical Centre or other University of Nottingham facilities, or for elements to be delivered by other NCSEM-EM partners.

The NCSEM-EM has five key themes that cover research, education and clinical activity: physical activity in disease prevention; exercise in chronic disease, sports injuries and musculoskeletal health, mental health and wellbeing, performance health.

The NCSEM-EM hub is based in a state-of-the-art building, purpose designed to facilitate the transfer of high quality research into frontline patient care. The building features a range of cutting-edge technology and specialist medical equipment:

  • Functional analysis rehabilitation lab - a state-of-the-art space containing the latest cutting-edge technology for research. Motion capture cameras of the highest resolution and precision will be available, along with hi-speed video cameras, force plates of different sizes and an electromyography system with display screens for feedback.
  • Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) – an interactive system that can be used to treat and rehabilitate patients with, for example, back pain or posture and balance difficulties. It contains the latest technology for the registration, evaluation and training of functional human behaviour. The system consists of a motion base, integrated force plates, eight-camera real-time motion capture system, and a projection system, used for a range of posture and balance related applications.
  • Disability sport lab – used for testing and assessment of submaximal and maximal aerobic fitness, anaerobic fitness, lung function, body composition and biochemical analyses of the immune system. Exercise testing is carried out in a number of settings such as using the treadmill for both wheelchair propulsion and running, and wheelchair, arm crank, handcycle and cycle ergometry.
  • 3T MR imaging – enables high definition scans to be taken in a shorter amount of time, improving comfort and convenience. The increased image clarity provided by the 3T is beneficial in the diagnosis of more subtle conditions and in diagnosing conditions with a high level of accuracy.
  • Musculoskeletal and cardiac ultrasound – have superb imaging capabilities and increased contrast resolution. This enables enhanced visualisation of smaller conditions with greater sensitivity and aids the assessment process to support early diagnosis.

Core study areas include orthopaedic sports biomechanics, neuromuscular function, physiology of endurance performance, immediate and pre-hospital care of the injured athlete, research methods for sport and exercise, basic science and regenerative therapy, emerging technologies for health and wellbeing, motion analysis of human movement, developing computer models for sports biomechanics, sports injury, and a research project.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
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